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How to transfer messages from iPhone to Android?

iPhone to Android messages

** As of June 2019, we’ve updated this article. For a while, the free app iSMS2droid had been removed from the Google Play store, but now it’s back!

One of the easiest answers to the question “how to transfer messages from iPhone to Android”  is to use the iSMS2droid app available for free in the Google Play Store.

Since we originally wrote this article, some Android manufacturers have added data transfer options available that include moving SMS to their startup process. If you have a Samsung phone or a Google phone, we recommend going with their options. If you have another Android device, we’ll show you how to use iSMS2droid below to move your texts from iPhone to Android.

Transfer text messages from iPhone to Android: use the data transfer option provided by the manufacturer

Samsung phones come with a USB-OTG cable, which allows you to connect your new Samsung to your old iPhone and transfer files over. If you’re moving to Samsung you can also use Smart Switch. This software lets you “seamlessly transfer contacts, photos, music, videos, messages, notes, calendars and more to virtually any Samsung Galaxy device.” If you’ve switched from iPhone to Android and got yourself a Samsung Galaxy, you should be good to go.

Google also has a process for transferring data from iPhone to Pixel using its Quick Switch Adaptor. Messages are included in the data copied over during this process, and Pixel users should be able to transfer iPhone messages to Android using this method.

Here’s how to transfer messages from iPhone to Android

Planning on switching from iPhone to Android? No need to jump the gun and purchase expensive recovery software like TransPhone or iPhone Data Recovery. Manually transferring all of your text messages to your new Android device is completely free and easier than you’d expect.

Transferring texts from iPhone to Android messages does involve a few steps, but it’s nothing complicated. If you have the know-how to navigate through your computer’s file system (such as Finder or Windows Explorer), you should be good to go.

Note: You do not have to own both devices at the same time. Just complete step 1 and (most of) 2 while you still have your iPhone, and the last part of step 2, along with steps 3 and 4 once you’ve picked up your Android device.

Backup your iPhone and locate the backup file

Connect your iPhone to your computer. Choose File > Devices > Back Up. Depending on your version of iTunes, you may have to right-click the device from the list and select Backup Now. You can also automatically backup your iPhone by syncing the device with iTunes.

Find the text messaging backup file on your computer.

You’re going to have to do a little digging to find the correct backup file.

If you’re running Windows, the file will be inside:

C:\Users[YourUsername]\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\

If you’re running a Mac, the file will be inside

~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/

The file you’re looking for will be called 3d0d7e5fb2ce288813306e4d4636395e047a3d28. The quickest way to find this file is by copy/pasting the filename into your file system search bar.

Once you’ve located the text messaging file, move this file to your new Android device (either on the internal storage or SD card, doesn’t matter).

Get your Android ready

If you have a lot of text messages (>50,000) iSMS2droid recommends plugging into power as the process might take a little while. You’ll also want to leave your phone alone while iSMS2droid is doing its thing. If you’re scrolling while you’re importing, you’re going to slow down your import.

Download iSMS2droid

Install iSMS2droid on your Android phone, open the app and tap on the “Import Messages” button. You’ll be prompted to give the app certain permissions, which are required to make the transfer happen. For instance, you’ll have to temporarily switch your default messaging application to iSMS2droid. You’ll see a file selection box that lets you navigate to find your text messaging file.

Start your transfer

The app will give you the option to import all messages or select conversations on a per contact basis. If you want to add conversations by contact, iSMS2droid recommends syncing your contacts before you start your text transfer. Otherwise, it will show phone numbers only, not names.

Once you’ve decided to import all or select specific conversations, the transfer will begin. If you’ve chosen to import all, the app will show you a list of conversations and give you the ability to pick those you’d like to keep.

You’re done!

Once the transfer is complete you’ll be prompted to switch your default messaging app back to the previous default app.

If you have an older phone and can’t use the app

If you’re having trouble using iSMS2droid import we recommend using the iSMS2droid online converter and the app SMS Backup & Restore.

iSMS2droid provides a process for those with older devices on their legacy website.

Did you find this tutorial useful? You might find these tips on cleaning up your iCloud storage and backing up your iPhone texts useful as well.

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